Too much to ask for just one coho in 2012?

This is the fourteenth year of non-retention of unclipped coho in Area 12 after Aug. 1.

This closure came on without any prior consultation with local stake holders or the Sport Fishing Advisory Board.

Dear editor:

(Letter to  John Duncan, Minister of Parliament for Vancouver Island North.)

This is the fourteenth year of non-retention of unclipped coho in Area 12 after Aug. 1.

This closure came on without any prior consultation with local stake holders or the Sport Fishing Advisory Board.

We were assured, at the time, this would be short term.

But 14 years is not short term.

We are victims of the Fraser River Political Salmon Management Plan.

Before Aug. 1 when coho are rare, we’re allowed one.

During August and September when there are lots of coho, we’re allowed none.

No one can explain the reasoning behind this nonsense.

This August and September we had an extended seine opening in our area.  There were thousands of cohos and chinook killed in this fishery.

When a fisheries patrol boat is watching, there seems to be some attempt not to kill those salmon that are not to be retained.

No patrol boat nearby, we see fish hanging in nets for more than five minutes, crew kicking fish off decks and a complete disrespect for these beautiful fish.

Maybe some boats try their best, but all of us in the Telegraph Cove area see way too much of the abuse.

Two weeks ago I was in Port Hardy and noticed one boat trailer in the public parking lot.

No sports catch of halibut and non-retention of wild coho.

Pretty sad for King Coho Country and  a town trying to be the sports fishing capital of the west coast.

The allocation of halibut quotas is wrong from any legal or ethical view.

How can almost all of a resource that belongs to the people of Canada be given to 450 boat owners, to be rented, sold or held by family forever?

Now there are only 150 boats fishing halibut, renting quota from these 300 with quotas that don’t fish.

When my brother phoned Fisheries about the halibut issue he asked how they knew how many halibut were sports caught.

He was told creel surveys, lodge counts and aerial surveillances.

If you understand how you can fly around and determine how many halibut are being caught please call me.

Reminds me of the time U.B.C. biologists were counting deer turds on Koprino Harbour, trying to determine how many deer per square mile are on Northern Vancouver Island.  Great survey.

Sport fishing on the B.C. coast is in a serious decline.

I believe it’s caused by two factors: children not having the opportunity to fish because they grow up in the urban areas, and the regulations that come out of D.F.O. that make no sense conservation-wise, but cause great frustration to honest and conscientious fishermen.

Recently friends of ours from Alberta came to visit and in Hope, B.C. they saw fresh Fraser River coho for sale on the main street.

This must be one of the reasons we can’t keep wild coho in Area 12.

If we took the budget of Fisheries and Oceans in Ottawa and hired intelligent biologists to restore the hundreds of streams on the B.C. coast that once produced salmon we could have salmon in abundance for all that utilize this resource; First Nations, sports and commercial fishermen.

Unfortunately we will never break this political pariah that is Fisheries and Oceans.

But in the meantime lets at lease be allowed ONE wild coho per day in 2012.

Is that too much?

Gordie Graham

Telegraph Cove, B.C.

 

Just Posted

Ma Murrays 2021 virtual ceremony screenshot
North Island Gazette wins big at 2021 Ma Murray Newspaper Awards

Zoe Ducklow and Bill McQuarrie both won gold at the online ceremony

Port Hardy council has agreed to cancel Canada Day celebrations in wake of the discovery of the remains of 215 children being found on the grounds of a former residential school. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Council votes to cancel Canada Day celebrations in wake of mass grave sites being found

Coun. Treena Smith made the motion for the chamber to not host Canada Day celebrations this year

Port Hardy Fire Rescue responded to an early morning fire around 3:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 13. Two porta-potties were on fire at the Visitor’s Centre on Hastings Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-949-6335. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue photo)
Firefighters respond to early morning fire near visitor centre in Port Hardy

Two porta-potties were on fire at the Visitor’s Centre on Hastings Street

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. Photo contributed
COMMENTARY: MLA Michele Babchuk talks the future of forestry

‘These forests are important to every single one of us, myself included’

Dr. Prean Armogam hands over a cheque for $10,000 to Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society president Rosaline Glynn. The money will be going towards a new roof for the Port Hardy seniors centre. This is the second donation Dr. Armogam has made to the society, giving them $5,000 a little over a year ago. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Doctor donates $10k to Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society for new roof

This was the second donation Armogam has given to the society

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) is scored on by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alec Martinez, not pictured, during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Monday, June 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Habs fall 4-1 to Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of NHL semifinal series

Match was Montreal’s first game outside of Canada in 2021

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

Most Read